Eric Kaufmann is a political scientist and author of the recently published Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?.
With all the current talk about the revival of religion, political scientist Eric Kaufmann takes a look at the statistics and muses that if demography is any guide, the world over the next half century will become much more religious and much more conservative.
Eric Kaufmann is a writer, researcher and teacher of politics and sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century, The Orange Order: A Contemporary Northern Irish History and The Rise and Fall of Anglo America.
Can a seemingly simple shift in demographics reshape the political and religious landscape of a nation? Eric Kaufmann, author of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?, attributes conservative religious movements in both the United States and the Middle East to rising birth rates among particular populations.
Fundamentalist religious groups have a long history of high birth rates, so why are they just now positioned to drastically expand? Author Eric Kaufmann points to the increasing use of contraception among secular communities, as well as explicit attempts at "militant fecundity" among certain religious sects, such as the Quiverfull movement.